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ESA been underpaid? Journalism request!

Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,555 Disability Gamechanger
edited October 2019 in Research and opportunities

*Journalism press request from the Scope team*

We've had a journalist from the Independent who are doing a story about ESA being underpaid, and the claimant passing away before the owed benefits have been backdated. 

Is this something a loved one has experienced? Would you like to talk to the press about your experiences?

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  • Birdsnbees
    Birdsnbees Member Posts: 75 Pioneering
    Hi @Chloe_Scope

    I think it is nuts to have a 13 week assessment period before getting any further help for esa.

    I had a time while waiting for my benefits to be sorted when I was homeless, I had proof of my disability and was waiting to have diagnosis confirmed and I had nothing. It was very hard. For 13 weeks I was living off of £72 a week and the place I was staying had no inhouse laundry facilities so I had to pay for a taxi to get to a laundrette and extra costs to use the laundrette. Where I was staying also had a service charge that came out of my benefits. I had nothing and I think it is ridiculous to make someone who is sick vulnerable and disabled wait so long to have access to vital funds to survive. I bet there are stories of people passing away during the assessment period because it is so hard.

    I found a petition online recently asking for a enquiry into dwp and the relation between their actions and claimants that die/commit suicide. It only had enough signatures for a goverment response which said they had no plans to make an enquiry into this. I think in light of previous cases of this and vulnerability of us this is something which should be under urgent review and have an immediate fair enquiry into both 
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,555 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Birdsnbees, I cannot imagine how difficult this must have been! I am so sorry you had to go through this. It certainly something that must continue to be highlighted.


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